Poverty Law and Economic Justice

Poverty Law and Economic Justice  

If you want to make a difference in the world, there’s no better place to study law and engage with social justice advocates than Northeastern Law — one of the nation’s top public interest law schools.

Steadily increasing income and wealth inequality, both vertical (between rich and poor) and horizontal (between identity groups within different tiers), is a defining trend of recent decades. Poverty law practice is one response to these trends. Poverty law concerns all aspects of the legal and social problems confronting poor people including denial of government benefits to which they are entitled, lack of access to adequate housing, abusive treatment in low-wage labor markets, invidious discrimination in education, and others. Poverty lawyers challenge and resist economic inequality through direct client representation, collective representation and systemic advocacy in courts and the political process. Northeastern Law faculty are nationally recognized leaders in this field, and our in-school and co-op offerings are widely admired.

  • Consumer Law
  • Disrupt the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline—Restorative Justice
  • Education Law
  • Fragmentation of Identity, Justice and the Algorithmic Revolution
  • Human Rights in the United States
  • Immigration Law
  • Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse and Neglect
  • Labor Law I and II
  • Laboratory Seminar in Applied Design and Legal Empowerment
  • Law and Economic Development
  • Law and Inequality
  • Legal Skills in Social Context
  • Private Litigation in the Public Interest
  • Race and the Law
  • Social Welfare Law
  • ACLU of Alaska
  • Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • DNA-People’s Legal Services
  • GLAD Legal Advocates & Defenders
  • Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Human Rights Law Network
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Legal Momentum
  • Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation
  • Cooperative Income Sharing Program (CISP)
  • Criminal Law Project
  • Disability Justice Caucus
  • Drug Law and Policy Society
  • Family Law and Juvenile Justice Society
  • Health Law Society
  • How To Get It Done
  • Human Rights Caucus
  • If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
  • International Refugee Assistance Project
  • Law Students for Indigenous Liberation
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Northeastern Employment and Labor Law Society


Certificates and Dual Degrees

Centers, Institutes and Programs

Representative Faculty